If your current terminal font choice has you squinting at the screen, Microsoft is on hand to help.
The tech giant has released a new font designed for use in ‘command line experiences and code editors’.
Cascadia Code — not to be confused with the German dance act with a very similar name — is a monospaced font that if I’m being terribly honest looks pretty much like every other monospaced font out there.
But as Microsoft is keen to point out, its spiffy new font supports programming ligatures — which is, to their credit, pretty novel.
“Programming ligatures are most useful when writing code, as they create new glyphs by combining characters. This helps make code more readable and user-friendly for some people,” explains Microsoft’s Kayla Cinnamon in a blog post to announce the font’s availability.
Visual Studio Code users will need to manually enable font ligatures via their editor’s settings first, in order to make use of them. If that includes you, it’s something to make a note of
Download Cascadia Code Font
Cascadia Font is the default monospace font used inside the Windows Terminal app, but as it’s open source (under the SIL Open Font license) it’s free to download, package, and install pretty much any and everywhere — including Linux desktops.
But naturally most of us won’t fancy compiling a font from source, so Microsoft has (awesomely) done the graft for us.
You can download the Cascadia Code font as a standard TTF font file that can be easily installed on almost every modern operating system, including Ubuntu.